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Before They Got Pregnant
Transcript of Before They Got Pregnant
JSI Research Training Institute, Inc
Young Men's Summit
September 26, 2013
Symptoms: teenage pregnancy, gun violence, academic failure
Disease: Interruption of the family and lack of love and power
History of Family Interruption
Media, Technology & Upbringing
-83% of AA children lived in a home with their Mother and Father
-50% in 2010
-92% of childbirths happened within a marriage
-41% in 2010
-1 out of 6 AA men had been to prison
-Half of all AA students have been suspended
-Unemployment rate = 16% or 2.9 million
-AA families with children under 18, headed by a single female have a poverty rate of 47.5%
Baby Mama/Baby Daddy
Things to Think About
Culturally Alert and Humble
Restore Family (versus individual); biological and "extended" with a focus on the inclusion of Elders
Outlets for love and power; including young men in these conversations
Opportunity for recognition
Understanding the "prize" and the "competition"; consumers vs. clients
Relationship and resource assessment
Reinstating identity and self-worth
Deen H. Tyler
"...at the hear of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family. It is the fundamental source of the weakness of the Negro community at the present time."
-Sen. Daniel Moynihan, 1965
We got here by relationship, and we won't get there with out it.